Master of Nuclear Engineering

KU Leuven
1 year
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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Application deadline: 1 March (for non-EEA citizens), 1 June (for EEA citizens and non-EEA citizens)

About this program

Master of Nuclear Engineering

The Master of Nuclear Engineering is a one-year program organised by 6 Belgian universities in collaboration with SCK CEN. It is a modular program that facilitates individual participation in selected courses or foreign students' participation in blocs of courses.

Probably the most familiar nuclear engineering application is the production of electricity by means of nuclear power. Over 30% of electricity in the EU and roughly 55% in Belgium is provided by nuclear power. Moreover, at a small absolute but high relative scale, Belgium developed on its territory almost all kinds of nuclear activities: power plants, fuel production, radioelement production, engineering companies, accelerator design and fabrication, waste management, safety management, nuclear medicine, research and higher education.

BNEN, the Belgian Nuclear higher Education Network consisting of KU Leuven, Universiteit Gent, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université de Liège, Université Catholique de Louvain and the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK CEN, organises a one-year (60 credits) advanced master program in nuclear engineering.

Admission requirements

The admission policy is intended to ensure equal opportunity of access to higher education for qualified European and third country students. Your admission is based on the evaluation of a complete application file. Each application is evaluated individually based on merit, i.e. the candidate’s academic level (study results), professional experience and motivation. All applications are evaluated by both KU Leuven Admissions Office and the relevant master’s program director. Final admission decisions will made be at the discretion of the Faculty.

Applicants enrolling for the first time at KU Leuven prove their English language proficiency by means of an

  • IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge English Exam (CAE).
  • The minimum score required for IELTS is 7 (with no subscore under 6.5).
  • For the TOEFL internet-based test the minimum score is 94 (with no subscore under 22).
  • The minimum score required for the Cambridge English Exam (CAE) is 185 (with no subscore under 176).

For more information about admission requirements, Please visit the university website.

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Program content

Stage 1

  • Nuclear Energy: Introduction
  • Introduction to nuclear physics and measurements
  • Radiation protection
  • Nuclear reactor theory and experiments
  • Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics
  • Safety of Nuclear Power Plants
  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • Nuclear Materials

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The courses taught in English.


Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees


Credits: 60 ECTS

Career paths

Upon completion of the Master's program in Nuclear Engineering, students will have acquired:

  • a thorough understanding of nuclear physical processes;
  • a comprehensive knowledge of the procedures and techniques necessary to control nuclear processes;
  • an in-depth knowledge of nuclear safety, reliability procedures and nuclear waste treatment;
  • the competence to design and maintain structures to control nuclear processes;
  • communicative skills in the field of nuclear technology and the capability to participate in research concerning the above mentioned topics.

Graduates possess the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out duties at a high level of responsibility in nuclear power plants, nuclear research reactors, nuclear regulatory organisations, nuclear engineering firms, nuclear fuel fabrication, nuclear waste treatment and radio-isotope production.

In addition, the degree itself is an important part of the legal qualifications necessary to become a safety professional in a major nuclear installation.

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